Welcome Boxes for Kids Entering Foster Care

on Tuesday, August 06, 2013 Posted in Happenings, Foster Care, Opportunities

Welcome Boxes for Kids Entering Foster Care

The majority of children coming into foster care in the tri-county area must wait in an office for 1-2 hours while a social worker calls to find them a suitable placement.  This is usually a time of high anxiety for children, as they've recently been removed from their home and are being moved to a new, unknown foster home.

The notion of a Welcome Box is a simple one.  While the child is waiting, the social worker gives him/her a box of age-appropriate items to occupy their time while in the office.  It is also a box they can carry and take with them into their new foster home.  Since many children enter their new foster homes with very few belongings, the psychological importance of owning nice possessions cannot be underestimated.

You can use the resources below to understand the guidelines and contact your local Welcome Box Coordinator below to find out where to drop them off!

Welcome Box Coordinators: 

·       Multnomah County: Erin Barcus,   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

·       Clackamas County: Mary Coleman,   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

·       Washington County: Emily Baylis,   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

·       Marion County: Malia Witham,   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

·       Clark County: Sarah Desjarlais,   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Download labels and guidelines

Here is a complete list of specific guidelines on how to put a box together.

 

Learn more about Embrace Oregon and their efforts in Oregon Foster Care here: embraceoregon.org